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Date Posted: 02:43:40 10/29/06 Sun
Subject: Re: Is it okay to keep a Wild Flyer as a Pet?
In reply to:
's message, "Re: Is it okay to keep a Wild Flyer as a Pet?" on 02:12:16 10/29/06 Sun
Thanks Agnes, you jumped in just in time; I am still a work in progress!! I didn't know what HOF stood for either! And it's been almost one year. We learn something new every day!!>I'm surprised that you haven't heard from anyone but
>Connie yet... Everyone must have a busy weekend. But
>you have come to the right place. I will try to help
>... Every one here , especially Beverly, has taught me
>what I know for the pass 4 years. By now you have
>figured out they are nocturnal and do not like
>brightlights on those big black eyes...
>1.) Does he need protein and what else can I give him
>if He wont eat eggs,chicken or mealworms?Do the nuts
>and seeds provide enough?
>Yes.. and its very important that you keep a mixture
>of shelled and unshelled nuts in his cage. Sunflower
>seeds are also good and loaded with protein. But also
>very fatty, so just a few a day. The only mealy
>worms mine like are the ones you buy in a can in the
>reptile department. They are called " Med Zoo " Mine
>love those, I give them once or twice a week. Other
>people find their flyers prefer to live mealys.
>2) Where can I find plans and directions for building
>him a really big cage?
>That I am not sure, but I do know where the most
>reasonable ones to buy, "
>rtinscages.com/" If I find some plans I will
>send them to you.. send me your email and I will ask a
>friend of mine to help you.
>3) What do I do if he gets hurt or sick?What
>precautions should I be taking to try to prevent that
>from even happening?
>Find the closes state near you that allows flyers.
>Locate a vet that will see her. And be prepared to
>make the trip if she gets sick. Thats what most of us
>do. I find them to be pretty healthy little critters
>if they are fed correctly. You can't let her out if
>you do not have a safe room. Cdonnie has trained hers
>to go into a travel cage and she goes with her from
>room to room. Even to work with her. etc..
>4)Am I awful for not wanting to release him back into
>the wild?I understand that they only live 2-3 years in
>the wild,but up to 15 in captivity...I love him to
>You are not wrong.. It sounds to me that she is
>young and has accepted you just find. But you do need
>to find a place that you can let her out for a couple
>hours a day to play with you and bond. Staying in her
>cage 24/7 is not good. Unless you can have a walk in
>one made like I have. Like you my flyers would get
>killed out of the aviary, but I sit in there and read
>or just play with them..
>5)How can I tell his/her gender?Is it obvious? I didnt
>see anything where I would think I would find "boy"
>parts-so does that mean for sure its a "she"
>If you do not see male parts, than he is very young or
>he is a she which I suspect... You wont need to
>neuter a flyer unless you bring home another of the
>opposite sex. lol
>Make sure you pick up some LM Vitamins for Rodents for
>his FRESH WATER DISH EVERY NIGHT, this is very
>important. The calcuim is good, also a little yogurt
>will go a long way to keeping her healthy. She needs
>fresh fruit peices every day, I also give a little
>natural unsweeten apple sauce with mine, becasue I
>have so many and some time , soneone does not care for
>the fruit of the day. But they all love applesauce.
>You need to give her veggies every day.. Mine go
>crazy over frozen mix veggies. With only one baby you
>could take a plate and put a little of each on same
>plate , EVERY NIGHT. It will take you 5 minutes and
>your baby will have everything she needs to stay
>HOF _ means _ Human owned flyer..
>You keep us posted and we will all help you with your
>new baby... Good luck
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